Green Flag Awards
Celebration for 'Greener' Newark and Sherwood.
A celebration has been held to thank volunteers, visitors and staff in helping a number of parks and open spaces in Newark and Sherwood win coveted Green Flag status.
Sconce and Devon Park in Newark, Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone, Newark Castle and Gardens and Sherwood Heath in Ollerton – which are all managed by Newark and Sherwood District Council - have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being among the very best in the world.
Sherwood Avenue and Newark Cemetery, which are owned and managed by Newark Town Council, have also been awarded the same status.
The accolades follow on from the launch, last month, of the district council’s Cleaner, Safer & Greener campaign.
Flags were raised at a ceremony held at Sconce and Devon Park which marked the achievements of all the green spaces.
Business Manager for Parks and Amenities Phil Beard said: ““We understand how important it is for our residents and visitors to be able to access quality green spaces and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks to a high standard. Newark and Sherwood District Council are working hard towards creating a cleaner, safer and greener district and the awards process provides us with independent assurance that we are continuing to provide high quality parks and open spaces.”
Sconce and Devon is home to the Queen’s Sconce, a 17th century Civil War fortification and is a popular place for families. Vicar Water Country Park sits to the south of Clipstone village and was formed on the site of a former colliery. Newark Castle and Gardens is the site of the ancient fortification where King John, the Magna Carta monarch, died in 1216 and the scene of Royalist troops’ last stand in the English Civil Wars. Sherwood Heath is a 23 hectare area of heathland and grassland just outside Ollerton.
Vicar Water has held the flag since 1999, Newark Castle since 2001, Sconce and Devon Park since 2009 and Sherwood Heath since 2016.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which inspires people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more.